Case The Designer – GDP100

This week at the Global Design Project, they are celebrating their 100th challenge!!!  It’s a big celebration, and they are giving out prizes!  The challenge this week is to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) one of the designer’s cards.  Go to the GDP website to check out all the amazing cards created by the designers.  There are 10 different cards to choose from, so there’s lots of inspiration. I decided… Read More »

Sneak Preview – Half Full

Stampin’ Up! has a new Holiday Catalog that customers can start ordering from on September 1st! Earlier this month, I was able to place a pre-order, and I’ve been DYING to play with my new stuff!!!  I finally got a chance this past weekend.  One thing that really caught my eye was the Half Full stamp set.  It has some of the greatest saying (super funny) and lots of both… Read More »

Salt Technique — Global Design Project 99

This week’s challenge for the Global Design Project is to create a wedding or anniversary card.  Click the photo below to go to that site and see the inspiring projects created by the designers, as well as the numerous entries so far.  You are sure to find lots of great ideas! I just made a couple wedding and anniversary cards, so I decided to go a little non-traditional and make… Read More »

Magical “Orange” Mermaid

Today, I have a really special card to share with you.  When I first saw the Magical Mermaid stamp set, I fell in love and knew I had to have it.  It’s perfect for my daughter.  (I’ll explain why below.)  I really didn’t have a specific reason for making this card, other than it just suits her.  She is leaving to go back to college in a couple weeks, so… Read More »

Fall Paper Pumpkin Promotion

Stampin’ Up! is offering a half off promotion to new Paper Pumpkin subscribers!   Join before September 10, 2017 at 9:50 (PDT) and use the promotion code HALFOFF0917 to qualify. The promotion only applies to new subscribers and for the first month.   If you continue your membership, you will be charged the full price for subsequent monthly kits.  You may cancel your subscription at any time, or you may skip a month,… Read More »

Eclectic Banners — Global Design Project #98

Last week, I had so much fun with the Global Design Project that I decided to try it again.  This week, the challenge is a sketch.  Anyone can submit designs, so I encourage you to go to the website, get inspired by all the projects from the designers and participants, and then create your own. My design features the Oh So Eclectic stamp set and coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.… Read More »

Beachy Birthday

My Brother-In-Law is celebrating his birthday this week, and he’s a really great guy, so I wanted to make an extra special card for him.  He lives in Southern California and enjoys relaxing (like all of us!)  So, I thought why not create a beach themed card for him? I love the lounge chairs from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and thought they would make a great centerpiece for this… Read More »

July Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  July’s kit is called Positively Picturesque.  This kit is so much fun for so many reasons.  It features several 2017-2019 In-Colors (Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Powder Pink), it has cute pre-watercolored card bases, and it has darling wood elements and words!!! Here’s a picture of all the contents, except the stamps and ink spots (shown below.) The kit also includes two Stampin’ Spot ink… Read More »

Global Design Project #GDP097 — Color Challenge

This weekend, I decided to challenge myself and design a project to enter the Global Design Project #GDP097 Color Challenge!  I had seen some truly amazing projects created by both the design team and challengers.  So, I thought why not join the fun and see what I could come up with?  The challenge is simple, design a project with these three colors:   When I last looked, there were 55 entries!!!… Read More »

Mediterranean Birthday

We have lots of July birthdays in my family!  Yesterday was my Sister-In-Law Laurel’s birthday, and I know she reads my blog, so I had to be careful not to publish her card before she actually received it.  Her husband arranged a super fun “Girl’s Night Out” surprise party for her last night.  I even sent her a decoy birthday card in the mail so she wouldn’t suspect.  Hee, hee… Read More »

Here’s To You!

One of my new favorite stamp sets is Mixed Drinks.  It has so many fun elements to design delicious, “Summery” cards.  What’s even better is that I can use this set for both feminine and masculine cards! We have a friend that is so generous to our kids.  He is constantly showering them with gifts.  Recently, he gave them both money … my son for graduating from college, and my… Read More »

Mediterranean Moments

Last week at my mom’s house, we had a “craft day” and played with her stamps.  It’s so much fun to look at someone else’s stash and use goodies I don’t own!!!  Believe it or not, my mom has lots of stuff I don’t have!!! First, I have to digress and give a little back story.  Earlier that week, we were walking through the little mall in Mammoth and ran… Read More »

Watercolor Wedding

My husband and I are going to a wedding for one of his clients soon.  I’m obviously looking forward to the event, but I was also excited to have an opportunity to make a wedding card!  We haven’t had many weddings in our family recently, and wedding cards are one of my favorites to make. This weekend, I wrapped the gift all in silver with lots of glitter and sparkles. … Read More »

Free Tutorials!

Last week, I went on a wonderful vacation to my mom’s house in Mammoth Lakes.  My daughter and her boyfriend, Brenden, went with me.  (Unfortunately, my husband couldn’t make it, mainly because of work, but there’s always next time.)  They had just opened the Tioga Pass through Yosemite Park two days before we left, so we lucked out and got to travel through one of my favorite places on Earth.… Read More »

Bonus Days Are Back!

  Bonus Days are back! For every $50 you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5  Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31.  That’s 10% off!!! EARNING (JULY 1-31)  IMPORTANT DETAILS! Keep Your Codes!  Save both the email containing your Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place.  Codes cannot be re-sent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot… Read More »

Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale

Paper Pumpkin is having a one day Flash Sale for new customers!  Sign up using the promo code ONEDAY0717 between June 29 at 11:59 PM to June 30 at 11.59PM and get your first kit for only $5 (that’s 75%  off!)  Keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 per month (shipping included). Visit the Paper Pumpkin tab on my blog to learn more about Paper Pumpkin and all the perks you’ll get… Read More »

2018 Desktop Calendars

Today, I have three more installments of my 2018 Desktop Calendars to share with you, including April, May and June.  I create these calendars over the course of a year so I can hand them out as Christmas gifts.  The calendars measure 4″ x 6″ and fit in a standard frame.  My friends and family love them!!! When designing each month, I use a combination of current and retired products. … Read More »

June Paper Pumpkin

The June Paper Pumpkin is here!!!  Whoo hoo! This month’s kit is so cute and summery!  I love everything about it, especially the bright colors and cute watermelon stamps.  Paper Pumpkin is a surprise every month, so obviously there are going to be some you love more than others.  Well, this is definitely one of my favorites.  I don’t have anything like this in my stamp inventory, so it’s perfect… Read More »

Need A Tag?

Do you ever need a quick tag for a gift?  Use your stamping supplies!  Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy to whip up a cute tag.  Here’s a couple I made recently. This first one is for my son’s girlfriend.  I wanted to make it cute and girly, so I grabbed my Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and Scallop Tag Topper Punch. I made the tag itself out of a Silver… Read More »

Life Is A Beautiful Thing

Life IS a beautiful thing.  I love that saying, because it’s something I truly believe. The other day, I was perusing Pinterest and found a gorgeous, tranquil photo that I wanted to copy.  On the surface, it seems so simple … a beautiful sunset, water, and one chair.  I decided to try to watercolor it. Here’s the photo I found so you can see my inspiration.  I had to change… Read More »